Possible tornado hits Rhode Island and Connecticut | ET REALITY


A tornado likely hit parts of southern New England as the region dealt with rain and flooding Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The agency’s office in southern New England. said Wednesday night on X, formerly Twitter, that its staff planned to assess storm damage in Connecticut and Rhode Island on Thursday morning. He said preliminary radar data and video evidence suggested a tornado had occurred in the area.

Preliminary reports indicate that no one was injured and that between 60 and 80 trees were downed or had their tops lopped off, Bryce Williams, a Weather Service forecaster, said by phone Thursday morning.

Williams said it was possible that more than one tornado could hit Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts on Wednesday. He said storm inspectors will look to see if damaged trees were deformed, a sign of “tornadic” damage rather than “straight line“Winds.

Formal confirmation of tornadoes is useful for weather record-keeping, but tornadic winds are not necessarily more dangerous.

“There’s kind of a general public myth that all damage from really high winds comes from tornadoes,” Williams said. “But that’s not true. “Straight line winds can cause as much or more damage.”

He said the storm system that has brought heavy rain and floods The hurricane that reached New England this week is related to a low pressure system in the Great Lakes and has nothing to do with Hurricane Lee, a Category 2 hurricane that was more than 300 miles southwest of Bermuda early Thursday morning.

But as Lee continues to move north, dangerous waves and rip currents affecting the Southeast are forecast to affect New England over the next few days, according to the Weather Service. said in a forecast On Wednesday. He said there would also be an increasing risk of more rain, winds and coastal flooding.

More than seven million people on the New England coast were under a tropical storm watch as dawn approached Thursday. according to the Meteorological Service. A hurricane watch was also in effect for more than 100,000 Maine residents.

Scientists cannot yet determine a link between climate change and the frequency or strength of tornadoes. But researchers say tornadoes appear to be occurring in larger clusters in recent years, and that the area of ​​the country known as Tornado Alley, a region where most tornadoes occur, appears to be moving east.

Williams said he was not aware of any related patterns in the part of New England where he monitors the weather. Eight tornadoes have been confirmed in his area this year, she said. Last year there were none.

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